When 32-year-old Heather Heyer was murdered at a protest in Charlottesville by a racist white man who drove his car into a crowd of protesters, Donald Trump insisted that there were “very fine people” on the side of the neo-Nazis that day. Despite outcries over his refusal to address the concerns of the protesters and, instead, flame the fires, Trump has never apologized for his statement and has continued to fuel division in the U.S.
On Saturday, Trump went well beyond the pale in both calling protesters “professionally managed” groups who weren’t concerned with the memory of the late George Floyd, whose murder video at the hands of a police officer sparked outrage and devastation, and inviting his supporters to confront protesters at the White House following four days of massive protests across the country.
Don’t let Trump or his yes-men and women spin it. That’s exactly what he did in his Saturday morning tweet: he invited private citizens to come and commit violence against the private citizens who don’t vote for him. He dehumanized the protesters, the family of George Floyd, and the people who have spoken out against racism and injustice. He disparaged them and then threatened them with the same white, MAGA hat-wearing crowd who showed up in Charlottesville, Virginia to intimidate Americans who disagreed with their views. This is the president of the United States now.
Twitter certainly saw what was underlying in Trump’s outrageous morning message to the country. Read some of their comments below:
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